Core-curriculum definition

A set of school or college courses in subjects considered essential to a suitable education, as in providing necessary skills or common cultural knowledge.
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The definition of core curriculum is a set of courses that are considered basic and essential for future class work and graduation.

Math, science, English, history and geography are an example of core curriculum in a middle school or high school.

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(education) The courses or other components of an educational program which are foundational, prerequisite, or mandatory, as opposed to the elective, secondary, or variable components of a program.
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Noun

Singular:
core-curriculum
Plural:
core curricula, core curriculums